Hello once again!
Posting on Bleacher Report and creating a FB account did get me some extra views… here’s hoping those Fantasy fans come back when it matters the most!
So after a loooong two week interlull, EPL action is back in all it’s glory!
Lets get straight to the predictions, shall we?!
- Joe Hart (High) – The English shot stopper has put in excellent shifts in goal recently – not counting the San Marino international match of course – and kept a clean sheet in the last EPL match against Sunderland. While Roberto Mancini has hailed West Brom as the best team in England, the Blues’ recently well organized defence should keep Shane Long, James Morrison and co. in check.
- Tim Howard (Medium) – Everton are away to bottom of the table QPR, in what will prove to be tricky fixture for the Toffees. They are without talismanic Belgian Fellaini, and could be short of attacking options. But with Baines, Jagielka in defence, expect Moyes’ men to enjoy a marginal, yet hard fought victory, with the American keeping a clean sheet
- Jussi Jaaskelainen (Low) – The Hammers were defeated for the first time this season by a classy Arsenal side, who made yet another comeback. But with Sam Allardyce’s men welcoming Southampton, expect order to be restored as Route One football ensures yet another win at home..
- Leighton Baines (High) – Another Everton player making the cut today, Baines is the epitome of the “cultured left foot”. A fantastic defender, he is also the Toffee’s chief set piece specialist. A match against QPR should offer little challenge in defensive terms, and loads of opportunities to attack and score. Too good to be true? Only time will tell…
- John Arne Riise (Medium) – Matches at Craven Cottage almost always end with Fulham comfortably grabbing all three points. A visit from Aston Villa should be no different, and the Matin Jol’s men should enjoy plenty of possession. The home advantage also ensures that crowd favourite Riise will try to create more scoring opportunities than he usually does, and that can only bode well for those who pick him today.
- Andre Santos (Low) – Perhaps the wildcard selection for today, the Brazilian gets a spot in the Arsenal starting XI only due to an injury to Kieran Gibbs. The left back – whose tendency to bomb forward regularly has led to jokes about him being converted to a left winger – should continue in the same vein as last year, but hopefully with more defensive discipline. With transfers rumours circulating as well, he will have a point to prove, or a show to put on…
- Steven Gerrard (High) – Liverpool just can’t catch a break. Already having few goal scoring options, they have been hit with yet another injury crisis – this time it’s Fabio Borini. With only one recognized striker available, Suarez will require as much service as possible. Guess who will step up to fill that role? Steven “Hollywood Pass” Gerrard, and this time, he can’t be blamed either.
- Aaron Lennon (Medium) – In this week’s blockbuster match, many a player will stake claim to the top honours for the day. Lennon will be one among them, and he will surely torment Ashley Cole throughout the match with his mazy runs and ceaseless dribbles. The Englishman is slowing getting back into his stride, and Chelsea should provide a great opportunity to continue the purple patch.
- Kevin Nolan (Low) – Yet another West Ham player on the list, the skipper is actually a great pick with an eye on the future. West Ham have a fairly easy set of fixtures ahead, one that they should score most points off if they are to retain their Premier League status. With Andy Carroll seemingly finding his groove, expect his best mate and one time partner in hell raising to score goals, pile on the assists and lead from the front.
- Sergio Aguero (High) – After an early injury scare, “Kun” is back for good. Two goals in the last two matches he’s played should come as no surprise. At 11.7m, his FPL value will only grow as the season progresses. With West Brom up next, expect the Argentine to surely make three out of three – at least.
- Olivier Giroud (Medium) – After uncharitable comparisons to Arsenal’s other failed forward import, Giroud set the stage for Arsenal’s comeback win with a well taken goal. Add to that a superb assist to Theo Walcott, and the Frenchman is considered to be relieved of the goal scoring pressure off his back. With Theo injured, and games against the more physical EPL sides due in October, expect the burly hitman to feature heavily for Gunners. Which promises to bring about goals & assists galore.
- Arouna Kone (Low) – Wigan Athletic take on Swansea as the Swans contend with a woeful lack of form after a dazzling start to the season. With Swansea failing to keep a clean sheet after their first two matches, and their defense is shambles, Kone’s marauding physical presence will be a sore sight for Michel Vorm. Great lin kup play with Franco Di Santo means could possibly add to his tally of 2 assists.
That’s it for this week’s predictions!
Here’s to a great Gameweek after the loooooooong gap!